AU Hoops Signee Looking at Other Colleges

Jalen Steele, who was named Mr. Basketball for the state of Tennessee, gives an update on his status with Auburn and recruiting.

Knoxville, Tenn.--Auburn men's basketball signee Jalen Steele says that he will consider scholarship offers from a variety of colleges after signing a document on Thursday that releases him from his national letter of intent he signed in November.

Steele was one of six players who signed to play for former Auburn coach Jeff Lebo, who was fired at the end of the season. Lebo quickly found a new job as head coach at East Carolina University.

Auburn granted Steele's request for a release from the scholarship papers he signed, but he still has an offer to play for the Tigers, he notes. "I talked to Coach (Tony) Barbee and he says that he would still like me to come to Auburn and talk about playing for his team."

However, the six-foot-two guard says that is unlikely. He notes that he hasn't ruled out the Tigers, but indicates that he is looking in other directions. "I talked it over with my parents and decided that Coach Barbee's style of play with the dribble-drive offense isn't best suited for my style of play" he says.

"Right now I am getting lots of phone calls with offers from college coaches," he adds, noting he is hearing from Georgia, Florida, Ohio State, Cincinnati, Wisconsin, Virginia Tech and a variety of others.

"I talked to Coach Lebo and he says he has a spot for me at East Carolina," notes Steele, who says he plans to give Lebo's Pirates consideration.

As a senior the guard averaged 24 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals per game.

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